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The Architectural Decoration of Marina el-Alamein, An analysis and catalogue of the late Hellenistic and Roman decorative architectural features of the town and cemetery

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ISBN: 978-1-4073-0422-9
Description: softcover (29,5x21 cm), xi+132 pp.; maps, plans, figs., photographs
Condition: very good, small shelf damage of the corner
Weight: 580g.

 

 

Rafal Czerner, The Architectural Decoration of Marina el-Alamein, An analysis and catalogue of the late Hellenistic and Roman decorative architectural features of the town and cemetery, BAR International Series 1942, 2009

 


The present study focuses on the ancient architectural decoration of a particular form uncovered on the excavation site of modern Marina which lies on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, about 6 km east of el-Alamein. Also known as el-Bahrein, it is located 96 km west of Alexandria, 40 km west of ancient Taposiris Magna (Abu Sir), and 185 km east of Paraetonium (Marsa Matruh). For the past twenty years, Polish and Egyptian missions have been conducting archaeological research and preservation of the remains of the Hellenistic-Roman town and necropolis found on this spot and tentatively identified on the basis of descriptions of ancient destruction on the Mediterranean coast. The excavations occupy a section of the lagoon coast more than 1000 m long E-W and about 550 m wide N-S. The layout of the ancient town has been reconstructed on the basis of results of investigations conducted to date. The harbour infrastructure, including warehouses of which ruins have survived, lay immediately on the coast. Directly to the south of the port and commercial quarter, was the city centre which included baths, a civic basilica and other public buildings around a porticoed main square. Surrounding the centre were densely occupied habitation quarters. Remains of more than 50 different architectural structures have been discovered in the town and necropolis. On the basis of archaeological evidence, the town functioned from the 2nd century BC to the beginning of the 7th century AD. The earliest remains, some even from the mid 2nd century BC, were found in the necropolis. A very specific type of architectural decoration characterized by simplification and decorative geometrization appears in Marina where it also seems to have been prevalent. This kind of stylization has been associated mainly with Petra where a similar architectural decoration was commonly applied. Having been recognized first in Petra, it came to be known as Nabatean. The stylized architectural decoration discovered at Petra and Hegra is so specific and dissimilar from any of the Classical orders that it has even been described on occasion as a separate architectural order.


Preface by Prof. Dr Wiktor Andrzej Daszewski
Acknowledgements Abbreviations
Introduction
CHAPTER I: THE MARINA-TYPE PSEUDO-CORINTHIAN ORDER Capitals
Origin of the Forms of Capitals
Ways of Evolution of Forms of Capitals
Analogies in Architecture of Other Regions Entablature
Doric Entablature in Pseudo-Corinthian Order
Decoration of Cornices
Origin of Cornices with Modillions
CHAPTER II: CONSTRUCTING THE CANON OF THE MARINA PSEUDO-CORINTHIAN ORDER Proportions of Supports
Height of Entire Columns and Pilasters
Height and Width of Bases
Proportions of Capitals Entablatures
Architraves
Proportions of Cornices and of Entire Entablatures
Doric Entablatures
CHAPTER III: THE MARINA-TYPE PSEUDO-IONIAN ORDER Capitals Origin of the Forms of Capitals and Analogies in Architecture of Other Regions
CHAPTER IV: CONSTRUCTING THE CANON OF THE MARINA PSEUDO-IONIAN ORDER Proportions of Capitals
CHAPTER V: HEIGHT OF THE MARINA PSEUDO-IONIAN AND PSEUDO-CORINTHIAN COLUMNS
CHAPTER VI: THE MARINA-TYPE PSEUDO-DORIC ORDER
Constructing the Canon of the Marina Pseudo-Doric Order
CHAPTER VII: THE EVOLUTION OF THE MARINA-TYPE FORMS AND THEIR DATING Chronology of Buildings in Marina
Variants of the Form of the Marina-Type Pseudo-Corinthian Capital Variants of the Form of the Marina-Type Pseudo-Ionian Capital
CHAPTER VIII: ARCHITECTURAL ORDERS DIFFERENT FROM THE MARINA-TYPE The Classical Forms of the Architectural Orders Nabatean "Order" and Forms
CHAPTER IX: POLYCHROMY Polychromy of Capitals
CHAPTER X: HOUSE AEDICULES
CHAPTER XI: ARCHITECTURAL DECORATION NOT PART OF ANY OF THE ORDERS
CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY
LIST OF FIGURES
FIGURES
CATALOGUE OF ARCHITECTURAL MEMBERS
PLATES